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RED LIST PRICES
Seedsmen and Dealers
FRANCIS C. STOKES COMPANY
Area Code 609 ORiole 9-701 I
In choosing sources for your tomato seed,
your choice will favor growers who offer
experience and superb seed stocks at
costs which are commensurate with values
received. We believe this folder will throw
light on these essentials.
81 YEARS AGO
Johnson & Stokes, our founders, entered the general
seed bushiess in Philadelphia in 1881. Even in those early
days, tomato was an important item. Earliana. still an
important variety in the United States, was introduced
by Johnson & Stokes in 1903. The original partnership
was dissolved in 1906, each partner carrying on separately.
Bonny Best Tomato was introduced by Walter P. Stokes
in 1907. It was important for ten years. During the next
56 years tomato has been a principal item.
31 YEARS AGO
Our seed business was restricted to tomatoes only.
Ours is one of the very few firms in this country that has
specialized in a single vegetable. In 1898 the old firm listed
38 varieties of tomato. In ,19Q2 we carry 10 varieties. These
are carefully described in this folder. At the turn of the
century, 5 tons per acre were considered a full crop. In
1961 our growers produced over 20 tons per acre.
We are, of course, aware that our 10 varieties do not
cover the entire field, but as Tomato Specialists, we prefer
to confine our breeding and growing projects. You are
invited to inspect our plant at Vincentown, 20 miles from
Philadelphia, and see the growing fields that surround us.
We are taking a new approach to germination prob-
lems. Ample tests will be made of all stocks. DuPont
Ceresan M we have found to be the most effective for con-
trolling bacteria and fungi and this will be applied on all
contract seed unless you ask for untreated seed when the
contract is signed. All seed will be given Agar Plate tests.
The 50 lb. Bemis bag will be billed at cost. The hermeti-
cally sealed cans will be supplied free if resale is made in
these containers. The container has two important functions,
(1) Identification of the seed source. (2) Maintenance of
germination under ail weather conditions.
THE STOKES VARIETIES:
VALIANT— 68 days. A Stokes introduction of 1987. Its
use must be restricted to extra-early maturity. The foliage
is not adequate for hot weather. Stock seed of this variety
has been m.aintained by us for 25 years. Fruit sizes, 5 ozs.
MARGLOBE — 77 days. This Master strain is one of
the most perfectly formed tomatoes. Our company has taken
an important part in maintaining the purity of this famous
Fred Pritchard introduction over the past 35 years. The
foliage of Marglobe is ample. The fruit size, 5% ozs.
RUTGERS— 85 days. This excellent variety, developed
and maintained by the late Professor L. G. Schermerhorn
of Rutgers University, has been maintained for size and
type purity since its introduction in 1936. Fruit size, 6V2 ozs.
HOMESTEAD No. 24—85 days. We consider this to be
the finest of the Homestead strains. It is highly Fusarium
Wilt resistant which is one cause for its wide use from
Florida to Texas. Fruit size, 6 ozs.
No. 135 — 80 days. A Campbell Soup Company introduc-
tion. This tomato is generally used by the canning industry
in the east where it has many friends. Fruit size, 5 ozs.
No. 146 — 85 days. A Campbell Soup Company introduc-
tion that now takes a large proportion of the New Jersey
acreage. This tomato is highly resistant to Fusarium Wilt.
It is heavy bearing and is looked upon as one of the major
introductions in the last five years. Fruit size, 6 ozs.
ROMA — 85 days. We consider this to be one of the
outstanding Italian type tomatoes. It is a very heavy pro-
ducer and under proper conditions can be looked upon as a
20 ton per acre variety. Average fruit size, 3 ozs.
KILLE No. 7. This tomato was developed by Willard
B. Kille who is now retired from the tomato business. It is
an enormous producer of high quality fruit averaging 5 ozs.
KILLE No. 18. This also was developed by Willard B.
Kille and is perhaps the finest of his selections,
STOKESCROSS No. 1—65 days. This F-> of the hybrid
is recommended for the grower who profits from the extra
early market. It is distinguished by a fabulous production
of beautiful fruit. Its vine growth is restricted, but under
normal summer temperatures, it affords the fruit sufficient
coverage. Fruit sizes up well. Very solid. Will ship well.
Has style. Fruit size 5V2 ozs.
STOKESCROSS No. 5—77 days. This tomato, like
Stokescross No, 1, was developed by Francis C. Stokes
Company. Yields exceeding 25 tons per acre have been
recorded for this distinguished F of the hybrid. It has a
long harvest season. Its hybrid vigor stands out in its heavy
production of highly flavored and highly colored fruit. In
normal weather our two Stokescross varieties carry much
of the crack free qualities (no tomato is completely crack
free following a heavy rain). The interior of Stokescross
No. 5 is extremely solid, a factor making it of great impor-
tance as a canning tomato. It will stand up in the can far
better than the conventional sorts. It is highly recommended
for market or for processing. Fruit size, 6 ozs.
PRICES TO SEEDSMEN AND DEALERS:
VALIANT $5.00 per lb.
MARGLOBE 5.00 per lb.
RUTGERS 5.00 per lb.
HOMESTEAD No. 24 (Cert.) . . 5.00 per lb.
No. 135 (Cert.) 3.00 per lb.
No. 146 (Cert.) 3.00 per lb.
ROMA (Cert.) 4.00 per lb.
KILLE No. 7 6.00 per lb.
KILLE No. 18 6.00 per lb.
STOKESCROSS No. 1 6.00 per lb.
STOKESCROSS No. 5 6.00 per lb.
FRANCIS C. STOKES COMPANY